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Has America's stolen election process finally hit prime time?
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
December 29, 2011

It took two stolen US Presidential elections and the prospect of another one coming up in 2012.  
For years the Democratic Party and even much of the left press has reacted with scorn for those who've reported on it.
But the imperial fraud that has utterly corrupted our electoral process seems finally to be dawning on a broadening core of the American electorate---if it can still be called that.

The shift is highlighted by three major developments:
1. The NAACP goes to the United Nations 

In early December, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the largest civil rights organization in America, announced that it was petitioning the United Nations over the orchestrated GOP attack on black and Latino voters.

In its landmark report entitled Defending Democracy: Confronting Modern Barriers to Voting Rights in America, the NAACP directly takes on the new Jim Crow tactics passed in fourteen states that are designed to keep minorities from voting in 2012.

The report analyzes 25 laws that target black, minority and poor voters "unfairly and unnecessarily restrict[ing] the right to vote." It notes ""a coordinated assault on voting rights."

The Free Press has been reporting on this coordinated assault since the 2000 election, including the heroic struggle of voters in Ohio to postpone the enactment of the draconian House Bill 194 that was the most restrictive voting rights law passed in the United States. (See Voting rights activists fight back against new Republican Jim Crow attack in Ohio)

The NAACP points out that this most recent wave of voter repression is a reaction to the ""historic participation of people of color in the 2008 presidential election and substantial minority population growth according to the 2010 consensus"."
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It should be no surprise that the states of the old Confederacy -- Florida, Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina -- are in the forefront of repressing black voters. Three other Jim Crow states with the greatest increase in Latino population -- South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee -- also implemented drastic measures to restrict minority voting. 

The report documents that a long-standing tactic under fire since the 1860s -- the disenfranchisement of people with felony convictions -- is back in vogue. This has been coupled with "severe restrictions" on persons conducting voter registration drives and reducing opportunities for early voting and the use of absentee ballots complete these template legislative acts.

Most of these new Jim Crow tactics were initially drafted as model legislation by the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a secretive and conservative corporate policy group whose founder, according to the NAACP, is on record in favor of reducing the voting population in order to increase their own "leverage."

The Brennan Center for Justice estimates that the 25 laws passed in these 14 states could prevent as many as 5 million voters from voting, a number easily exceeding the margin of victory in numerous presidential elections. 

Ohio's HB 194, which awaits a 2012 referendum vote, would disenfranchise an estimated 900,000 in one of our nation's key battleground states. 
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An important statistic in all the legislation is that 25 % of African Americans lack a state photo identification, as do 15% of Latinos, but by comparison, only 8% of white voters. Other significant Democratic constituents -- the elderly of all races and college students -- would be disproportionately impacted.

Ohio voters have just repealed a draconian anti-labor law passed by the GOP-dominated legislature and the state's far-right governor John Kasich. Whether they will do the same to this massive disenfranchisement remains to be seen. But the fact that it's on a state ballot marks a major leap forward. Ohio activists are also drafting a constitutional amendment that includes revamping the registration, voting and vote count procedures.(Can we transform labor's Buckeye victory into a new era of election protection?)

2. The Justice Department awakens

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would do well to temper her devotion to the Tenth ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 8:10:29 AM
John, unfortunately we here in SC have sort of a d... by GUY P. FRASER on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 10:27:57 AM
I should clarify that I did not intend to impune t... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 7:45:22 PM
I'm surprised Bob left out the fact that all these... by Gustav Wynn on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 5:02:23 PM
Called the Everest Report done righ there in Ohio ... by sherry clark on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 6:49:14 PM
which is indeed virtually non-existant, and electi... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 7:57:12 PM
Once again we are seeing fingers pointing in the o... by Dennis Kaiser on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 5:09:16 PM
Dennis, let's not forget the tabbed fiasco,because... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 8:47:04 AM
Bob,1) Where has EAC been all these years? I've ju... by Marta Steele on Friday, Dec 30, 2011 at 5:53:50 PM
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Composition in progress...... by Jim Eldon on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 9:59:37 PM
between ethical non-voting and simply staying home... by John Sanchez Jr. on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:57:51 AM
Boycotts are not just "ethical non-voting" any mor... by Jim Eldon on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:59:47 PM
will be very disappointed to find themselves holdi... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 7:36:18 AM
My approval is not the issue. It's that they will ... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 9:10:45 AM
The point of the article... has the stolen electio... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 9:31:23 AM
It seems to be the advocacy of silence.... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 10:48:08 PM
There is nothing until a song come along that cann... by Mike Preston on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 11:55:04 PM
I don't know why every time I write "collective ac... by Jim Eldon on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 4:29:35 PM
re: The misinterpretation that advocating an elect... by Jim Eldon on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 4:38:22 PM
 Jim the Occupy movement was well prepared. Y... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 9:02:32 AM
If the Occupy movement was so well prepared, why i... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 9:27:39 AM
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I'm not sure you understand what kind of a "dent" ... by Jim Eldon on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:40:31 PM
Jim, I have heard from voting boycotters all my ad... by Evan Stevens on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 11:22:19 AM
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for non-voting are disillusionment with the system... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 2, 2012 at 11:50:36 AM
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    Like what Peter? Please fill us... by GUY P. FRASER on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 9:12:06 AM
America's so-called "free democratic election proc... by Michael McCoy on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 3:46:55 AM
I will believe something is being done to reinstat... by Kevin Cody on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 6:40:56 AM
will come out from behind some curtain at the Repu... by Lester Shepherd on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:07:21 AM
That the Repub primary in Iowa will be tallying vo... by John Russell on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 7:45:15 AM
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It truly and completely befuddles me to think that... by Bayard Waterbury on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 2:10:07 PM
It is with great irony that at the beginning of th... by Amanda Lang on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 3:43:55 PM
Rather than just boycott the sham elections proces... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 11:20:02 PM
If as many people spoil thier ballots or are seen ... by Paul Repstock on Saturday, Dec 31, 2011 at 11:29:39 PM
Ah, we agree on the action, even if we call it by ... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 12:20:18 PM
For freedom to be achieved, people must be willing... by Paul Repstock on Sunday, Jan 1, 2012 at 1:28:12 PM
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